We think she is Beautiful!

Love at First Sight

Our Sailboat was born in 1981. But she is considered to be a 1982 model. She is a sloop rigged sailing vessel.

She is a Ericson 36RH, meaning 36 feet long, and she is a Ron Holland designed vessel. This is a primary reason we purchased her, as Ron Holland designed vessels have some distinct features that add to their speed, performance, and safety.

She is of fiberglass construction. She has a beam of 11'8", and a draft of 6 feet. And while her draft occasionally limits our access and causes us some issues, we are still very happy we have all that boat underneath us. Built as a club racer by Ericson Yachts in Irvine California, she is a lightweight vessel of about 12,000 pounds. She is powered by wind, and, as a last resort, an Universal Diesel  24 horsepower inboard engine. Her colors are Navy Blue and White.

She has a forward "V" berth and an aft berth, one electrically powered head, and a galley equipped with a propane stove, and refrigerator. I like to say she is our two bedroom, one bath, condo. She is equipped with a bimini and Solar Panels.

She has an autopilot named "Smee", a dinghy named "Jolly Roger" and a drone named "Tinkerbell". 

She does not have air conditioning, hot water heater, or a windlass.  Which means, sometimes we are hot, dirty, and tired!

When Captain Rob and I first went shopping for boats, we really had allowed 6 months to a year to find what we wanted. We figured we would look at dozens of boats before finding that perfect one. But that was not to be the case. We looked at one other boat before this one. 

Those of you that own and operate sailboats know this:  You feel a connection to your vessel, especially a vintage boat. Or you should. And if you don't, keep looking for the one you do feel that for. And if you never feel connected to a boat, take up snake hunting or fire eating as a hobby. OK, or buy a new boat. A sailing vessel is more than wood, or steel, or fiberglass; a sailing vessel is a living breathing entity with the capability of flying on water. And a vintage boat requires love. You will not want to commit to a vintage boat if you do not emotionally own her. 

Because when she is good, she is very, very good. And when she is bad, she is horrid.

Recently, I saw this quote: 'We are not meant to sail a boat; we are meant to help her to sail herself.'

When I am at the helm of NeverLand, she speaks to me. Nobody can tell me this isn't real. I hear her ask for  a little more sail. I feel her ask me to sail closer to the wind. And when I follow her lead, she rewards me. Robert says I am a natural. Certainly, I follow my instincts and the way the boat FEELS, more than the textbook rules. When I do, and she makes that LEAP forward as if dancing on the water, I know for sure this is the boat I was meant to sail. 

NeverLand's first name was "Yachtahey. " This is from an Indian Greeting "Ya Ta Hey" meaning Hello.

Then it was changed to "El Pablo"

Her subsequent owner called her "True Love". 

She then became, "Adventure Unknown" and that was the name on her when we bought her. We bought her from two college buddies from Missouri, whom we never did get to meet. They had bought her and taken her to the Caribbean, but cut their adventure short, when one of the buddies got a great job offer. We don't know a lot about them or their time with the boat, but they did some nice upgrades which we benefited from, such as the solar panels. They bought her with most of the interior gutted out, and built some of what we have in here now. The work is not very sleek, but it functions and it was clean of dirt and mold.

I had chosen the name of NeverLand before we ever bought a boat, and the name has a dual meaning, "Never to Land" and the place where you never grow up. We like it, and it fits our no plan plan philosophy.

We had a big party for her renaming ceremony, and had our custom lettering installed by Jack Coletti, of www.midnightoilworkshop.com, whose work I can highly recommend. Many, many thanks also to Famel Zaro, for designing our lettering and logo. Champagne was sacrificed to Neptune, and all the four winds, to ensure we will not be cursed by changing the name without expunging the old one from the archives of the deep. So far, it seems the ceremony has done it's job.So much fun was had by our friends and family that day, and we felt our journey would be blessed by their support and encouragement.

We were lucky to meet the owner of the boat previous to the buddies, who had sailed the boat from Kemah, Texas with his Dad as a project and who spoke of her in very loving terms with fond memories of his Dad. Ironic that we turned around and then sailed it back to Kemah, Texas!

He also told us that in Texas, the boat was owned by one of the ranchers that sued Oprah Winfrey during "hamburger gate" and then disappeared....but I have not been able to find a name or any information to substantiate that story. That was before everything was documented by the internet, and I am still researching that part of her life. 

I have done a lot of research on this boat.

I have the original spec drawings and I have photos of how the interior SHOULD look, restored.(someday) I am happy to find out that much more of what is here is original to the boat than we first thought. This will make it easier to bring her back to her former glory as we can afford to. We are amazed every day at how solid a boat of this vintage really is. 

Everything I have researched about this boat's design and manufacture tells us we have made a good choice. She is built for racing and bluewater cruising. She is solid and safe.We had four criteria for a boat: that she was big enough to be comfortable, small enough for either of us to single hand sail if needed, that it was ready to go, and that we could pay cash for it. This boat more than met our needs.

NeverLand is hull #26 of only 36 of these Ron Holland design Ericson boats that were built between 1981 and 1984.

The more I learn about Ron Holland, the more thrilled I am to have one of his designs. My dream would be to have him come aboard and autograph this boat, and go for a sail with us. He has published a memoir entitled, "All the Oceans". He was an accomplished sailor at the age of 8, and spent a lifetime perfecting the design of sailboats,

A lttle more about Ron Holland, From  " Life on the Water":

"Ron Holland was able to tap into his experiences as a skilled and intuitive sailor/racer to design technological innovations, thereby advancing the world of sailing and yachting as we know it today. As one of the industries premiere and world-renowned names whose made They monumental contributions to the presitigous yachting world, Ron Holland has secured his name in the annals of naval history. 

 If one made a calculation simply based on the list of Ron Holland’s achievements, one might arrive at a lifespan of perhaps as much as 210 years. He has surely lived at least 3 lives worth of adventures, and accomplished at least 3 times more than one might expect of a mere mortal.

He has designed racing sailboats, super yachts, and some of the worlds most elegant power boats. His creations are among the world’s best and most beautiful, and many are especially unusual and remarkable. Mirabella V, for instance, which launched in 2003, is still the largest single masted sailboat in the world. Its 290 foot mast will not fit under the span of any bridge in existence anywhere. And although Ron Holland is a yacht designer first and foremost, even if one was to ignore his design career, his professional open-ocean sailing race wins would still amount to a lifetime of championship quality achievement.

Ron Holland is a self-made man who dreamed big, and accomplished more. He became one of the worlds best yacht designers without ever attending a university, or even finishing high school. Very few men without a distinguished scholastic resumé have been invited to teach at university.  Ron Holland was one of them.

Ron is a genuine ‘one-off’, a multi-talented self starter who grew to be the best in his field. And yet, somehow, has managed to remain just as open, friendly, and welcoming as one could ever hope; something unusual in itself for a man who has shared his time with royalty and rock stars! His real life story is as fascinating as fiction."

Our boat is a fine Sailing Vessel that we are very proud to own. She is also a very cozy home when in port. We are so excited to continue our adventure in her, and we kind of like to think that we are taking all of the former owners along with us.


 "I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving - we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.



Sailboat Specifications

Hull Type:
Fin w/spade rudder
Rigging Type:
Masthead Sloop
35.58 ft / 10.84 m
29.00 ft / 8.84 m
S.A. (reported):
599.00 ft2 / 55.65 m2
11.83 ft / 3.61 m
Draft (max):
6.25 ft / 1.91 m
Draft (min):
11,600 lb / 5,262 kg
5,230 lb / 2,372 kg
Ballast Type:
First Built:
Last Built:
# Built:
Ericson Yachts (USA)
Ron Holland

Auxiliary Power/Water (orig. equip.)

70 gals.
50 gals.

Sailboat Calculations 

Comfort Ratio:

Rig and Sail Particulars 

47.75 ft / 14.55 m
14.50 ft / 4.42 m
42.00 ft / 12.80 m
12.00 ft / 3.66 m
S.A. Fore:
346.19 ft2 / 32.16 m2
S.A. Main:
252.00 ft2 / 23.41 m2
S.A. Total (100% Fore + Main Triangles)
598.19 ft2 / 55.57 m2
S.A./Disp. (calc.):
Est. Forestay Len.:
49.90 ft / 15.21 m

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